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Who: Nanay Abi Where: Bulacan, Philippines What: Soon-to-be-mommy. Married to Tatay Jek. A child of God. Why: To promote motherhood - loving God, yourself, family, others and doughnuts!

Diner with Play Area

Eating and having a toddler is really the toughest part being a parent. Dining out is a different story. Most of parents out there can relate especially if their kids are not yet that interested to food because they just love to explore things around them. Most of our scenario when we dine out were one will eat his/her food first while the other plays/explores with the toddler then take turns when finished. If our son likes the food, he will just sit on a high chair or our laps to eat with us. He only eats veggies and soups and of course, rice. His favorites are carrot, ampalaya (bitter gourd), squash, potato, broccoli, etc. However, he easily gets bored. He will just sit for about 5 minutes or less. So we have to be real quick when we eat or else, the other one will pause his/her meal just to ‘explore’ again with our son then continues when the other one finishes. We don’t offer gadgets to him just to let him sit (though we did this once or twice because we’re really hungry that time). Offering gadgets while meal time will create a bad habit in the long run so as much as possible, we’re trying our best to avoid it.

While browsing Facebook, a post came along about this diner in Marilao, Bulacan. I visited the page and was intrigued with the play area. They have a ball pit inside the resto. Cool! I wanted to try it because JD loves ball pits. And we, his parents, loves food! Perfect! We visited the place on a Thursday night. I’m thinking that we can bribe JD to play when he finished his food. But no! He wanted to go in the pit even when we’re just about to see the menu. I thought, okay, maybe he can play while we eat, but, again, no! There’s a very steep ladder that you need to climb down before you can reach the ball pit. This is not small toddler friendly. Did I say, the ladder is verrrryyy steep? So I ended up playing with him while Jek finishes his food. We can’t just leave him there because he just keeps on climbing up and down the verrrryyy steep ladder.

Move over, here is a quick review of the resto. When we got there, around 8PM, we were the only customers then. I’m glad, though, because we can have the whole place on our own to eat and play. We chose to eat on the low-table area where you are free to just slump on the floor and eat happily. This is also perfect for JD because he can eat without me holding him and the ball pit is just beside this area. The ambiance was superb. It’s neat and organized. Very homey feels, too. As for the food, we liked everything that we ordered but nothing special. Jek ordered fried chicken with rice served with gravy and buttered corn and carrot. The chicken was good, I must admit. I ordered fish fillet with rice served with buttered corn and carrot and sweet and spicy dip (it tastes like the one that can be bought in any supermarkets, maybe it was it). Both meals for P99.00 each. We also ordered their nachos because it’s really appetizing in the photo, but no! For me it’s tinipid with the toppings. It costs P150/order. Also tried their pumpkin soup for P120, I think, and it was my favorite! I loved it. JD likes it too. They have an area where you can get free iced-cold water but I ordered iced-tea for P50/glass.

Overall, the experience was good. We will probably be back because the food were good with an affordable price. Plus, there are lots of areas where you can capture your selfies or groufies because every corner is Instagramable.

You can visit Ed’s Diner’s Facebook page here.

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Bakasyunan Zambales

It’s Jek’s 29th year of existence! I’ve been looking forward to this day because it’s summer and that means beach time! I’ve been searching on Google every hotel and resort for more than a month, I think. Jek wanted to surf so the first think that came to mind was La Union, of course. However, given an ample time to look for an accommodation, it wasn’t easy since Jek hasn’t granted a leave yet. We’re planning of a 3-day-vacay for his birthday. His birthday fell on a Sunday and his regular rest day is every Tuesday so we’re waiting for the Monday to be granted. I can’t book a room yet because we don’t have dates yet. Everyday, I was inquiring if the 3days are still available but to no avail. I’ve searched in Baler, Pangasinan, Bataan and Batangas but if not fully-booked, there’s no swimming pool available. We wanted a swimming pool for JD because he’s not a fan of beach sand when we went last time to Zambales. I was beginning to lose hope then because it was just a week and we haven’t booked a room yet. I asked Jek if it’s fine if we can’t make it to a surfing location and agreed to look for other location instead. Literally and figuratively speaking, the last resort came up to my mind was Bakasyunan Sa Baybay Dagat in Iba, Zambales. We’ve been here since I was in highschool. I’ve seen it expand and improve over time. Without hesitations, I immediately emailed them and book a room for 3 days and 2 nights! Yaaaas! Finally… It was a breeze in booking a room and the one I talked to was kind and very efficient. Jamaica is her name, if I remembered it correctly.

Iba, Zambales has been one of my favorites because of it’s fine gray sand. What I don’t like about it is the ocean water itself. It’s a bit itchy in feeling while you swim. Maybe because of the jellyfishes swimming around with you. Most of them are harmless, though.

We left Bulacan at 6AM. Our check-in time is 1:30PM so we’re not in a hurry. Plus, it was a Sunday, not so much traffic ahead. We travelled via NLEX, SCTEX then SBMA Freeport. After several stop overs to buy some food and errands, we arrived Iba around 11AM and so we stopped by Bon’s Restaurant first for our lunch. As per Google and TripAdvisor, it is a must-visit resto when you’re in Iba and so we did. We ordered Lumpiang Shanghai, Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet and Pancit Miki Bihon and everything was just so-so, nothing extra-ordinary. It was just okay. I can even cook better than that. Or maybe we just didn’t order their specialties. Bill was around 600php? The serving is good for 2-3 persons or maybe 4 so we have it ‘balot’ for takeaway. They serve a pitcher of water with lemon infused. It was refereshing. After our lunch, we went straight to the resort which was just a few minutes away, maybe 5-8 minutes? We arrived around 12:45PM.

After an easy-going check-in, we went to our room to rest, nap and freshen up before hitting the beach. Around 4:30PM, JD was already awake and so are we. We changed to our swimming wears (except for JD because I left his rashguards at home 😞). We went straight to the beach and while Jek was pitching in the tent that we brought, I was surprised that JD was playing on the sand. It was such a delight to see. LOL! The beach was okay but there it wasn’t relaxing anymore like what we experienced like 15yrs ago. There was a line of nipa hut stores near the shore where there’s videoke machine, sari-sari stores and eatery. There were lots of boats also parked at the shore, owned by the locals, I think. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our quick dip in the ocean. When it got darker, we took a shower the went straight to check out the swimming pool. The water is warm, not too cold. They have 3 pools, a kiddie pool and 2 adult pools. Around 7:30PM, I ordered food from their resto and have it room serviced around 8PM just in time to make banlaw. We planned to grab a drink but we’re too tired so we slept at around 11PM after a short walk around the resort.

The room was good. It has a comfy bed, LED TV mounted on the wall, air-conditioning unit and a private bathroom with hot and cold shower. You’ll get 2 fresh smelling towels, 2 chocolate soaps a roll of tissue paper. It was indeed peaceful and comfortable to settle in except for our very noisy ‘neighbors’. The resort specializes in accommodating big groups for company outings and team buildings. So expect it that during summer, large groups might occupy most of the rooms. They had their drinks until around 3AM. I am already aware of this that’s why I chose a room farther from the facilities and amenities like the basketball court, billiads area and the swimming pools. Still, we had a good night sleep, though. Thanks to my essential oils.

The next day, Jek woke up early to prepare breakfast aka cup noodles and bread. LOL! Btw, you can cook in the resort with their cooking/grilling area. However, you will be charged an extra P200/head for food corkage. Bringing in drinks from outside has another fee. However, chips, bread, water and others for your snacks are not chargeable. After breakfast, we went out to the market to buy a rashguard for JD. I was able to buy a pair from one of the malls there. We also bought lunch from Andok’s and from an eatery. When we got back to the resort, Jek and JD went for a quick swim while I prepared our lunch. The room service attendant, also gave us new sets of towel, soap and a roll of tissue. She also swept the floor which were very sandy already.

Our room was located near the kiddie playground and JD won’t just stay in the room because of it. It was scorching hot but we still played outside because JD can’t seem to take a nap. Around 4:30PM, he finally fell a sleep and woke him up around 5:30PM for another swim at the beach and pool. It rained hard when we were in the pool already and JD was the happiest. It was his first time to experience bathing in the rain. Same as last night, I ordered food from the resto for our dinner and requested it to be room serviced. After 1 and a half hours, our orders haven’t arrived yet so we decided to checked in out from the resto. No explanations regarding the delay. I didn’t even bothered to ask since we’re not that hungry yet and I understood that they’re understaff. We liked our food, though. After a quick stroll around the resort, we went to our room to rest. Yes, our neighbors from last night already left but there are new ones. Fortunately, much lesser noise and they finished earlier at 12 midnight.

The next and our final day, we were supposed to go for a boat ride and try snorkeling. However, we woke up late and I don’t want to rush for our check out time which was 11:30AM. We just had a last quick dip in the ocean then headed to the pool. At 11AM, we just relaxed and savor every minute of non-stop airconed room. After checking out, we went to the beach to buy mangoes and ref magnet. And that sums up Jek’ birthday getaway. We had a chill and relaxed vacay at Bakasyunan.

  • Travel time was around 4-5 hours from Bulacan.
  • The resort accepts credit card.
  • Room service charge is 5%.
  • Upon check-in, you will be given a baller bracelet to wear at all times while in the resort.
  • You can bring in cooked meals from outside.
  • The price of food from resto is a bit higher but still affordable. Around P180/order.
  • Wifi is at the main lobby only.
  • Visit Iba, Zambales around 2nd half of May for dropped down prices of mangoes. P20/kilo as per the seller.
  • Proper swimwear should be observed in the swimming pool. They are very strict.
  • For cheaper liquors, buy from the line of stores by the beach and you may drink there. A bottle of beer from the resto costs P55.
  • You can ask hot water for your coffee or cup noodles from the resto.

Bakasyunan website: http://www.bakasyunanresort.com

Club Monet Beachfront Resort

It is our yearly tradition to spent an overnight getaway every Holy Week since I was a kid. My family often went to Iba, Zambales because we love the sand, beach and the waves there. Plus, my mom is friends already with some resort owners of Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat, LindaMar by the Sea and the resort owned by a former actor which I forgot the name. However, these past years, we try to change locations. It started when my late father wasn’t able to drive and travel anymore that time so we opt to went to a nearby resort in Bulacan, Amana Waterpark. We had a bad experience there so we never came back. Last few years we went to Punta Fuego in Batangas, Villa Escudero in Quezon Province, Bucco Bali Beach in Bataan, Villas de las Islas in Pangasinan, Punta de Uian in Pundaquit, Zambales and so on. This year we went to Zambales but less famous and commercialized compared to where we usually went. This time, we went to Club Monet Beachfront Resort in Cabangan. It was just near Manila via NLEX and SCTEX. More or less 4hours travel time via private vehicle.

We booked 2 rooms since we are a group of 8 adults, 3 kids and 2 babies (yes, still babies for 1 year olds! Lol!). 1 room costs P4000/night including breasfast (silogs and coffee). To be honest, it’s a bit pricey for what you will get since there are no TV, ref and hot and cold shower (just cold). Wifi is also in common areas only and there is no swimming pool. The resort itself has a Santorini vibe. It’s just small with just 2 floors, a roof deck and a balcony. Our room has a double bed, a bunk bed and a single bed which was beside the bunk bed to make it bigger. Room was perfect for us with 2 couples, 2 babies and a kid. It has a veranda with the view of a beautiful lake, mangroves, trees, mountain and perfect cloudy sky. Such a perfect sight.

We arrived earlier than check in time so we stayed in the free nipa hut by the beach where we ate our packed lunch. At 1PM, we went to our room and took a rest first before we go swimming. Around 4:30 in the afternoon, my mom from the other room knocked in our room to wake us up. Immedietly, we prepared and put on our swimsuits and rashguards. The weather was not too sunny and quite cloudy, which I love because we won’t get too much tan, especially Jek, lol! We had fun with our pictorials except for JD. He’s scared of the sand. He thinks it’s gross to walk on it and touch it. It was his first time to be at the beach. He was still small when we went to Pico de Loro last year and Azure Urban Resort technically doesn’t count as beach. I am hoping that on our next beach trip, JD would enjoy it too. Around 6PM, we took a shower and prepared for dinner.

We ordered 2 of the resort’s ‘Boodle Fight’ set meal and Nilagang Baka (beef soup). The set consists of steamed rice, grilled fish, shrimp, grilled liempo, salted egg, tomatoes and chicken inasal. Each set if good for 6 persons. If I’m not mistaken, everything costs P2500. Iced tea was also included. The food was ok, I liked the chicken and the liempo. I didn’t try the seafoods because there are times that I’m allergic to certain kinds. I don’t want to risk it.

After dinner, we went for a short walk to the beach. Actually I’m looking for my missing fish-eye clip lens for my phone. It was too dark so it was really impossible to find it. We sat on a makeshift bench instead and enjoyed the sea breeze along with the sound of the waves. We went back to our room and caught some zzzzzzzz’s.

Next day, my ‘alarm clock’ mom woke us up again to swim. It was 6:30 in the morning, I think. JD was still sleepy. He usually wakes up around 11AM on a normal day. We had our breakfast by the beach. We ordered Tocilog, Longcilog and Bangsilog. We have cup noodles as our soup to warm our starving stomachs. I just refilled hot water from their dispenser, it was free so no need to bring your own clean drinking water. After breakfast, we swam again. Others went kayaking for just P350 for 1 hour use. Life vests were provided. They played beach volleyball, too, which I think was free of charge. Just ask the lifeguards if they can lend you the ball.

Came lunch time and we asked them to re-heat all our leftovers from yesterday. They agreed and we just ordered cooked rice. We also went to the lake just behind the resort and took some selfies and boomerang videos there. We had a great time in this resort. I actually love Cabangan already because it is still not crowded unlike the famous parts of Zambales. It is also clean and not yet polluted. I would recommend to try to visit this place for a quick getaway.

Club Monet Beachfront Resort

Azure Paris Hilton Beach Club

We went here for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. It was just a quick staycation since Jek has only have 1 day off from work. We visited last on the 2nd and 3rd of March. It is located in Parañaque near SM Bicutan. It is nice that the location is conviniently situated near the airport, malls, restaurant and everything you might need to go to. However, given the fact that is located near these landmarks, horrible traffic is understatement. The good thing, Azure Urban Resort is way too beautiful to destress from the busy and nostalgic Philippine roads.

I booked as a condo unit from AirBnB. It was such a breeze transaction. The owner is easy to talk to and accommodating. For an overnight stay, we got the whole unit for just P1,500 only. Yes! That affordable.
It includes:

  • Entrance for 2. We paid additional P250 since we are 3, including JD. Yes, even a 1 year old is counted.
  • Accomodation for overnight stay. Check in is 12nn, check out is 10AM the next day.
  • Use of everything in the unit (wifi, CATV, aircon, kitchen and cooking wares, hot and cold shower, microwave oven, fridge, queen size bed.
  • Access to pools, beach club, first floor lobby, roof deck, lockers.

However, there are things that were not included such as:

  • Car parking slot. We paid around P200 for overnight stay.
  • Toiletries in the unit.
  • Towels
  • Drinking water

We arrived around 12:45PM because we bought water and other stuffs. Also, I forgot to bring JD’s rashguard so we bought a pair at SM Bicutan which is super near Azure but the traffic was extreme! I am constantly being contacted by the “agent”, unit owner’s assistant or whatever she may be called. When we arrived, she welcomed us and assisted us to check-in and even gave us a quick tour around the beach club and in the condo unit. The room was pleasant and clean. Simple yet comfy and homey feels. The aircon was cool but we thought it wasn’t situated in the right spot. It was beside and same level as the bed. The person beside it might catch a cold. We put a pillow against it to somehow divert the cold air to the floor. The cooking stove is somehow oldschool. It was just an electric stove. I was expecting of an induction cooker. I also spot a little roach from one of the kitchen cabinets. From the restroom, it was nice and clean but no bidet available. Other than that, everything was fine and we still enjoyed our stay. There’s a balcony but our room has no good view but it’s totally fine because we went to the roof deck for the nicest view.

As for the pool and beach area, we had fun even though JD wasn’t feeling well due to teething. The sand was fine and white. We headed straight to the kids pool area where you can find the slide and play area. There are also lots of lounging chairs where you can relax. JD wasn’t happy playing and was scared of the sand so we went to the wave pool instead. There we swam and took some pictures and headed to the room because it was getting cold already. It was super windy during the afternoon until night time.

After we freshen up, we went to the roof deck to see the 360° view of the night lights. After which, we went back to the room and ate our cooked dinner prepared by Jek earlier that afternoon while JD was asleep. The next day, JD and I just stayed in the room while Jek went for a quick dip the in the pool. Around 11AM, we checked out already. We had a great time here. I would recommend this place for you to experience it. It was just near the metro and has affordable rates (depending on your accommodation).

The beach area at night.

Night lights from the roof deck.

AirBnB room accommodation click here to book the room we had.

Our Cloth Diaper Stash

Cloth diaper is my favorite thing since I got to know them while I was still pregnant. It has become my collection aka addiction. Haha! In this blog post, I’d like to share our humble stash for you to have reference where to buy them. I will also insert some reviews on each brand. This way, I can also keep track on each piece and how much I spent (should I say saved from buying disposables) already.

Note that all products were bought online and from the Philippines. Everything is brand new. I wanted to post each design however, the slow internet connection is getting to my nerves already. I’ll just update this once I got faster connection.

These are the ones that I bought from Shopee. I love shopping on Shopee because of their free shipping feature. Also, it is a safe haven both from the buyer and seller’s side. They have huge variety of items and easy to search/find any item that you’re looking for.

  • @vezeescloset

Alva 3.0 Yellow w/ 3Layers Microfiber (P160)

Alva 3.0 Lavander w/ 3L MF (P160)

Less P150 discount from Shopee.

Total of P170 for 2 CDs + free shipping.

Affordable. Lasts 2-3 hours. Good quality.

  • @shopninanay

Naughty Baby Ink Blot w/o insert

AnAn Baby Blue Dots w/o insert

AnAn Baby Pomelo w/o insert

AnAn Baby Blue w/o insert

All 4 for P120 + free shipping. Affordable. Relaxed elastics easily. Leaky already (maybe needs stripping).

  • @momsvenue

Stash & Craft Soccer Newborn Series w/ 3L MF (sale at P80)

Stash & Craft Vamp Minky w/ Cotton Hemp (sale at P180)

Total of P260 + free shipping.

Affordable. Very good insert. Lasts 2-3 hours. Very good quality. Double gusset.

  • @smartmomph

Whitesnaps Red Star fitteds w/ 3L Cotton Terry (P160)

Whitesnaps Black Denim fitteds w/ 3L CT (P160)

Total of P320 + free shipping.

For presko time. Added 3L MF + default insert that can last 2-3 hours. Good quality. Affordable.

  • @anadominique

Audrey’s Cloth Diaper Black and Red Checkered Fitteds w/ CT insert (P150)

Free shipping since I also bought 2pcs CT quadfolds.

Affordable. Lasts up to 4hrs if default insert is paired with MF.

  • @flairybum

Flairy Bum Pocket 3.0 Red Skull w/ 4L MF (sale at P315)

P315 total + free shipping. A bit pricey for its performance. Rise snaps easily unsnaps. Side leaking. Just love the print.

  • @anadominique (again)

Audrey’s Cloth Diaper Nightmare Before Christmas HF Snake-Style (P220)

Audrey’s Cloth Diaper America HF SS (P220)

Total of P520 (added insert) + free shipping.

Affordable. Last 2-3 hours if set properly. Good inserts and boosters. Poor stitching on one shell. The fitteds that i ordered before is much better but it performs well also with proper settings.

  • @chippershop15

Alva Digital Black Skull w/o insert (P145)

Alva Digital Music w/o insert (P145)

Alva White Skull w/o insert (P120)

Baby Chipper Stars w/o insert (P120)

Total of P530 + free shipping.

Affordable. I love Alva because it’s cheap but good quality. Lasts up to 5 hours used with 4L MF. Baby Chipper has the same quality also.

  • @littlewingsshoppe

Booldeet Posh Harmony w/ 4L MF (sale at P180)

Total of P500 (added inserts and booster) + free shipping.

Affordable. Lasts up to 5 hours. With tummy sleeper. Wide pocket. Super nice fit.

Another place where I buy CDs is on Facebook. There are lots of Work At Home Moms (WAHMs) who make fitteds and HFs for a very affordable and reasonable price. Below are the most affordable ones and that’s where I shop. Lol!

  • Freshbutt by K (Facebook group here.)

Freshbutt By K Skull Rose Fitteds w/ french cotton terry (sale at P300)

Total of P500 (added flats) + P99 shipping fee.

Affordable. Super nice quality. Super nice print. Lasts up to 4 hours default insert + 3L MF.

Bonus: I won a Tsum Tsum bed shield worth P800 from a free raffle. Just paid P160 for the SF.

  • Butt-oms Up (Link here.)

Butt-oms Up Colorful Skulls Fitteds (P300)

Butt-oms Up Red and White Skulls Fitteds (sale at P250)

Total of P550 + P120 SF

Butt-oms Up Rock n Roll skull fitteds (P300)

Total of P300 + P120 SF

Affordable. Lasts up to 5 hrs. Super fluffy. Generous cut. Superb quality. Perfect!

  • Rock Baby (Link here.)

Rock Baby Boo Glow in the Dark Hf (P300)

Rock Baby Skull Glow in the Dark HF (P300)

Total of P600 no SF since meet-up

All in all, we now have 25 pcs in our stash. For me, switching to cloth diapers helped us save a lot. All these are under 5k pesos in total. We can still use them until JD has been potty trained already and also to our future babies. I don’t know until when I should stop buying more. I just simply can’t resist the beautiful designs especially from WAHMs. 😂

This has been my advocacy to help protect mother Earth, somehow. I have a blog about the benefits of cloth diapers that you may find here.

If you have questions about cloth diapers, I can willingly help you out. I’m not an expert, just an addict! Lol! Also, you can suggest your favorite brands, too.

PS: I have cart 2 more diapers from White Snaps. I can’t resist the Disney Cars and Mickey Mouse prints, JD’s favorite!

PPS: Thanks to my ever supportive husband who washes and laundries our diapers (except the pooped ones) and for also for your approval every time I made pa-cute just to buy these lovelies.

MIA + Make Money Online

Been missing in action for months. A lot has happened and as a FTM, it was really overwhelming. I think I drained all my thoughts along with my broken tablet. It suddenly occurred some charging issues until it died completely. Brought it to the repair shop but still wasn’t completely fixed. It won’t charge from any charger except to my Asus phone’s charger. When it finally worked, I realized that its memory card was lost. I have no idea where Jek put it when he tried to fix the tab. At that moment, I really lost all my interest in blogging and vlogging. However, what I didn’t thought earlier was that I still have my phone. Yes, why am I so forgetful (or stupid, should I say)? I can use this phone to blog, right? It is more convenient to type in all my precious thoughts using just a hand (or thumb). I can easily type while JD is asleep or even when he’s playing. Since JD turned 11 months, he sleeps so much like an adult already. I can leave him on the bed while sleeping even just for few minutes because he always knows when the “boobies” are not within his reach. Haha! He also sleeps even when the environment is a little bit noisy. However, he easily wakes up when he hears loud noises and shout/scream from other people. This change in his sleeping pattern means additional time for me to blog and do other things that does not require leaving him for too long and as less noise as possible. That’s why as much as possible, I like having alone time with JD so that he can sleep well. Having enough sleep means having a good mood when he wakes up and less to no tantrums at all. Given enough “me-time” while JD is sound asleep, a lot of things are clouding up my mind. One of those is preparing for JD’s first birthday. Yes, it is just less than a month to go. I have so many ideas. I already pictured how it was going to happened. Only 1 thing is lacking, money! Haha! Here we go again, the budget. I would love to have a perfect memorable birthday for my son but with a limited budget because I don’t want to splurge on things that he won’t be able to remember when he grows up, aside from the photographs that we will capture. Being a SAHM, I want to help my husband in raising money to fund the party. Since I had an online shop before that I started way back 2007, and loves online shopping, I have an idea on how the process of online selling goes. Good thing my sister has a friend who supplies us very good quality ready-to-wear brand new stylish clothing pieces. With just a minimal capital, I was able to start up last August and I somehow manage to earn more from it. I sell online on Facebook and on Shopee. Nowadays, there are already lots of sellers in Facebook compared to when I started 10 years ago. There is a huge competition already. To be able to sell online, you have to think of ways to promote your products. I started it in having a good quality photos to upload. Having a photographer husband and a stylish friend/kumare (JD’s ninang), Aiko, we have a photoshoot for my RTWs. I also tagged along my niece, Isha, to be a “model”. I aimed to have different body frames as models to see the comparison of “when worn” pictures of the products. Isha for small frame items, yours truly for medium frames and Aiko for large frames (✌ haha). By God’s grace, the shop is still running for 3 collections already and soon will restock for the month of November. If by any chance I got a bigger capital after JD’s birthday or probably by next year, I would love to have a physical store already. I always wanted to have a clothing shop/boutique since I was in college when I started selling accessories and contact lenses. As of the moment, I’m thinking of other things to sell. I just couldn’t think hard enough because I am really thrilled and occupied by JD’s upcoming birthday party. Hopefully, ideas will haunt me in my dreams. LOL!

Below are samples of the pieces that I sell.

JD’s Dedication Day

  • Being a FTM is really exciting. After D (delivery) day, you’ll always look forward to what will happen next. From your baby’s first smile, first laugh, first everything. But one of the biggest events that I’m truly thrilled about is JD’s Dedication to the Lord. We are born-again Christians so we’re allowed not to held the “dedicating ceremony” in a church. For that reason, we tried to look for a venue that is spacious enough for the short program and at the same time share something to eat. I do not plan to held an event like this at home because 1. I don’t want to bother other people in preparing for the food, setting up of chairs and tables and decorations and 2. I’m not a fan of cleaning the after mess, lol! To tell the truth, we were in rush when we prepared for this event. A week before the event, my grandmom was hospitalized and admitted in the ICU. 3 days before the event, she went home with the Lord already. I asked my mom if we need to reschedule it but as per her brother, my uncle, pastor who will dedicate JD, told us that it was fine to push through with it because it is a celebration of life. All invitations were distributed so I really can’t cancel or resched it. Good thing I have a very supportive family and relatives. Going back to the preparation, below are the things that we needed:

Budget. We really would want to stick to a 30k pesos budget. This was the most important thing. This is really hard because we both have a huge family.

Caterer. I immediately contacted our caterer from our wedding. They gave us a discount already but considering that we still have to pay for the event’s place, I doubted if we can stick within our budget. Hence, I looked for a venue with a budget of 3-5k pesos to afford the caterer. To my dismay, there’s no such place with a price like that nowadays. I’m lost from here and I don’t know what to do but to stretch our budget to 35-40k pesos.

Venue. Since we can’t find a place that is within our budget, Jek thought of the café/resto just above the office where he worked before. His previous boss is also our ninong in our wedding. We thought we can have a discount. We hurriedly went to Beans and Leaves in their branch in Guiguinto. We went there with my mom because we planned to also dine in there so we could taste the food. However, they serve different dishes for their daily menu and occassion/event menu. After checking the place out, they invited us to come over to the next event that they will cater for us to taste their food. My mom agreed that she will be the one to attend because we’re unable to do so because of Jek’s work schedule. As per my mom’s approval upon having a taste of some of their food, we immediately booked them as event’s place and also the caterer. Below are our deals that made us say yes:

  • Free use of venue for 4 hours.
  • Menu consisting of 4 viands, 1 pasta, steamed rice, desserts and drinks. Mind you, this is a buffet / eat all you can style.
  • Free basic set-up according to color motif.
  • Basic sound system.
  • LCD TV with USB port if you have AVP to be played.

    Prices vary depending on the package you will avail. You will be billed as to how many guests attended per plate. We got the 229/head for adults and 99/head for kids 7 years old and below.

    Buffet Table

    Guests. We reserved for 100 guests. Upon payment, there are still 17 plates left out of 100 that we reserved so we have the chance to take home the left overs, except the drinks. To total, we paid only Php22,900 for the venue and food for 100pax.
    Invitations. To save, Jek made the layout for the invitations and have them printed out. So this one is free.

    Invitation

    Souvenirs and Giveaways. We just ordered cupcakes from our good friend Koni of Cerahlicious Sweet Treats as giveaway to JD’s godparents. A box of 6 cupcakes costs Php140/box (discounted). We ordered 16 boxes that costs Php2,240. For the guests’ souvenirs, we made-to-order ref magnets to my cousin Ate Rizzel and Kuya Pau of 7 Folds Printing. We ordered 50pcs for Php15 each totalling to Php750 which they ended up giving it for free as gift for JD. Yey! Thanks guys.
    Cake. We just wanted to have a customized cake so we also ordered a customized one from Koni. I don’t know how to explain it but the cake was sooooo perfect! From its look, size, quality, taste, everything is so perfect, beyond my expectation. I forgot about its size but it is really purely cake even on the inside and it was heavy and thick. For just Php2,500, its really worth every bite. I highly recommend Koni’s creations.

    Tarpaulin. Jek also made the layout so we just looked for tarpaulin printing shop. We found one in Bocaue. If I’m not mistaken, the size is 5×5 for just Php370.

    OOTD. Ofcourse we needed some cute outfit especially for JD. I don’t want it to be the normal “baptismal outfit”. I want it to be unique so I looked online and found Luna Belle’s Facebook. She customized baby clothes and costumes. I made to order a cute bloomer with suspender, necktie and bow tie with the print design I wanted for Php450

    Didn’t let JD wear the bow tie because it’s too tight.

    Candles. I forgot much much was the cost but definitely under P100 including the ribbon. The big candle was recycled from our wedding.

    Photo booth. We are so blessed for having Ninong Kerwin, Jek’s cousin. He is a photographer as profession and owns and operates a photobooth. We are so thrilled that he offered his service for free. Thanks Ninong Kerwin for the unlimited shots and print outs.


    REVIEWS: 

    Beans and Leaves Café. The food was superb! We chose creamy vegetables, fish fillet, menudo, kare-kare, carbonara and brought lechon (gifted by my FIL and MIL) from outside. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked. Good thing they didn’t charged us corkage fee for bringing in the lechon and also the watermelon. As for the drinks, we chose gulaman and it was so refreshing. Water was also available. For the dessert, we chose graham balls and coffee jelly. I haven’t got the chance to taste the coffee jelly though but the graham balls are so yummy. The service was good. One of the things we want about them is that it was not a “tong buffet”. You can have whatever you one from the buffet as much as you want. No limits. The staff was already friendly especially Sir Carlo. They were all very accommodating and easy to talk to.

    FB page – Beans and Leaves

    *They have 3 branches in Bulacan. Balagtas, Sta. Maria and Guiguinto. Guiguinto is the largest and spacious for events.

    Photobooth. We really love pictures. Especially when they are printed out already. Photo booths are the best for any occasion. We love Kerwin’s photo booth because 1. It’s free. Who doesn’t want free stuffs? 2. Personalized backdrop using chroma. 3. You can request reprints. 4. Lots of props to be used. 5. High quality camera and equipments. 6. Very friendly operator. 😂😂

    FB page – Kerwin Photography

    *They also conduct Basic Photography tutorial from time to time.

    Cakes. The best! Koni made all my requests possible plus the taste was so yummy and mouth watering. Bonus, very huge and thick cake. I’mso in love with her chocolate cake. It was moist in the inside and the fondant was perfectly done.

    FB page – Cerahlicious Sweet Treats

    *You may have your cake customized or just indulge in readily available pastries once in a while.
    I’d like to thank the Lord for all the blessings the He has given us. For a wonderful child, JD. We owe everything to You and we dedicate JD’s life to You only. Also, to our families especially to my family and relatives. You still came and supported us even though we are grieving for Nanay’s loss. To Papa Jun, the pastor, for officiating the dedication. To Jek’s family. To all JD’s godparents, thank you for giving your time to attend. To our friends, neighbors and everybody who came, thank you for the time and gifts as well. To Beans and Leaves, thank you very much especially Sir Carlo and Ms. Lyn. To Koni, muffin, thanks for the cakes and also for Jek’s bday cake. To Kerwin, thank you for your generosity for the photo booth. Ate Rizzel and Kuya Pau for the souvenirs. To Luna Belle on FB for JD’s OOTD, thanks for the cute outfit. To Joshua for the pictures, thank you so much! We are so grateful for everything. Thank you for sharing your precious time with us. God bless you all.